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21 August, 2014

Meat industry criticises BBC Horizon programme

The BBC Horizon two-part series, Should I Eat Meat?, has been criticised by the meat industry for suggesting people should consume less meat.

DNA testing in butcher’s shops in Ireland has shown that more than half of the sampled products were not Irish.

The new butchery apprenticeship standard, developed by a Trailblazer Employer Group, has received ministerial approval after “months of hard work”.

Food and grocery research and training charity, IGD, has reported that “savvy” shopping tactics have become the norm.

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Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat inspectors are set for two four-hour walkouts on 26 and 27 August over pay disputes.

In the second part of the BBC’s Horizon, Should I Eat Meat? programme, Dr Michael Mosley looks at the effect livestock has on the environment.

Tesco is understood to have refused to sell beef from cattle born in the Republic of Ireland, but raised in the North, citing customer confusion over labelling as the reason behind its decision.

After The Guardian columnist George Monbiot rubbished Allan Savory’s ‘holistic grazing management’ theory, the Sustainable Food Trust’s Patrick Holden has hit back with an open letter, asking Monbiot not to dismiss the idea so brusquely.

Industry professionals from the Dominican Republic were introduced to UK beef and lamb production and given an insight into livestock genetics during a recent visit hosted by Eblex.

The best of the #meatdebate

19 August, 2014

Last night’s BBC programme Horizon, Should I Eat Meat?, caused quite a stir on Twitter, with Meat Trades Journal taking the lead using the #meatdebate.

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Latest Blogs - Chewing the Fat

The future’s bright

12 August, 2014

Danny LidgateIt is a commonly discussed subject; the average age of a UK butcher seems to be between 50 and 60. I wonder what the average age would have been in 1950 after the war?

norman bagleyWell, guys and dolls, you know you have really arrived when you’ve been invited along with the great and the good (and the less good - meaning me) by the Minister to no less than two hours in London, expelling hot air about how to save the beef industry from its present malaise.

Latest International News

Health and agriculture ministers were told that monitoring animal disease plays a critical role in preventing human disease threats, by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), at a meeting in Indonesia yesterday (20 August).

Vion announces investment in Bavaria

August 21, 2014 04:33:47 AM

Dutch food group Vion is to double the pork processing capacity at its Landshut plant in Bavaria, as part of a multi-million euro investment in its Bavarian plants.

Danish Crown ships first supplies to Nepal

August 21, 2014 04:23:55 AM

Danish pork has arrived at the mountainous state of Nepal in the Himalayas, after interest from meat wholesaler Sanu Khadgi saw Danish Crown deliver its first container.

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